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New Program Getting Kids Excited to Eat More Fruits and Veggies at School

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A new program is getting these kids excited to eat more fruits and veggies at school.

The Michigan Land Use Institute is implementing a new meal program in several Grand traverse County schools.

Since funding is tight for schools, several businesses raised enough money to help pay for locally grown produce to be placed at school cafeterias.

Traverse City Area Public Schools is always looking for ways to bring in locally grown produce for the kids to enjoy.

The Michigan Land Use Institute raised more than $29,000 to kick start the "10 Cents a Meal Program" which will help the schools pay for the produce.

Glen Lake and Suttons Bay Schools are also excited to be participating in the program.

They only have enough funding for one school year. Cherry Capital Foods is holding a fundraiser for the cause during its annual PigstockTC event on Tuesday, October 22nd. Tomorrow is the last day people can buy tickets to the event. Visit mlui.org/10centslunch for more details.

If you are interested in making an individual donation, visit http://utopiafound.org/10-cents-meal-mlui-farm-school-initiative for information.

9&10's Katie Boomgaard and photojournalist Tony Zyber took a closer look at why this program is so important.